State Dept. Dismisses Jewish Complaints on Britain’s Arming Arabs Against Israel
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State Dept. Dismisses Jewish Complaints on Britain’s Arming Arabs Against Israel

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The State Department this week-end flatly dismissed Jewish complaints on the arming of the Arab states by Britain. State Department spokesman Michael McDormott issued the following statement:

“Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s letters to Rep. Jacob K. Javits fully set forth the Department’s attitude in connection with arms shipments to the Arab states and Israel. The relations between these countries are governed by valid armistice agreements which are being supervised by representatives of the United Nations, and an analysis of the information available to the Department does not indicate any serious preparations for the renewal of hostilities.

“The Department wishes to state again that should convincing information be received that such preparations are being made, the U.S. Government would be quick to use all its influence within the United Nations and outside in an attempt to prevent any recourse to hostilities.”


Rep. Adolph J. Sabath asked in the House if U.S. Superfortresses given to Britain will find their way into Arab hands. He said:

“Inasmuch as Great Britain is supplying various Arabian countries with weapons of war, I wonder if those superforts will also be sold to those countries by Great Britain after having received them gratis from us?

“In view of this situation I think our country should cease furnishing war materials to Great Britain to further their purpose of supplying these countries in their war preparations. If there is any intent of war, it would naturally be against the new state of Israel, which is doing everything possible to bring about peace with the Arabs.”

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